Born: Jauary 14, 1984
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Drafted: 3rd round, 92nd Overall by the Cincinnati Reds 2005 out of Gardner-Webb University
Ward threw a no hitter on February 19, 2005 against Akron.
Ward’s crowing achievement came on February 19, 2005 in Rock Hill, S.C., as he fanned 11 in a complete-game no hitter vs. Akron. That no hitter was the first for a GWU pitcher in 31 seasons.
For his three-year career, the former Freshman All-America choice finished fifth in GWU history in wins (17), first in career strikeouts (284) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.8). During his time with the Diamond ‘Dogs, Ward picked up several notable wins over major Division I opponents, including top-30 programs Georgia, UCF and Florida Atlantic as a freshman in 2003 – along with UCF and Troy this season.
Could only find Zachs stats for 2005
Ward, who was rated the No. 13 prospect in the prestigious Cape Cod League following an outstanding summer season in 2004 by Baseball America, is confident in a hard and heavy fastball that has reached into the 95-96 mph range and a slider/power curve that was clocked as high as 87 at the recent A-Sun Tournament. He has grown tremendously since arriving at Gardner-Webb in August, 2002, without much fanfare. He was rated as high as the No. 27 college prospect available by Baseball America in its mid-season draft preview.
Zach was given all of 2005 off to rest his arm that got some use in college. The Reds then started him off in low-A Dayton to introduce him to professional baseball. Zach made his professional debut on 4/9/2006 (as I was celebrating my 22nd birthday). It was a good one. Zach went 6 innings, allowed 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and struck out 3 batters. Zach has been a part of one of the best pitching staffs in the Midwest League. He boasts a GO/FO ratio for the season of 121/39, which is 3.1/1 Ground outs to fly outs. Zach gave up a home run in the 4th inning on April 14th, in his second start of the season. Since then he has not given up a home run in 70.1 innings. As for his stats, I made a game log for Zach. So, here you go.
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